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Now on BBC One we can join the BBC's

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Coming up tonight on BBC London:

news teams where you are.

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A father stabbed to death

by a man with known

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mental health problems.

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Just days after the birth

of his daughter.

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His widow struggles for answers.

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As if it's not important enough. As

if we don't count. We need to have

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the answers. And we need to have the

answers so it won't happen again.

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Why the widow is relying on

crowdfunding to pay her legal fees.

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The care homes forced to exclude

residents with the highest needs,

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which led to a son who had to give

up his job to look

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after his sick mother.

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They would be saying, you have to

find a care home. And I couldn't.

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And it was really depressing and

demoralising. And I felt really

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unsure about where she was going to

be going.

Road testing driverless

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pods. Londoners give their verdict

on trial in Greenwich. And...

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A music masterclass

for Teenage Cancer patients -

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from none other than Nial Rogers.

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmad.

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It was a crime that

shocked Londoners.

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A father - who'd gone to post cards

near his home in Islington

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to announce the birth

of his new daughter -

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being stabbed to death just

metres from his doorstep.

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Dr Jeroen Ensink was attacked

by a man from Woolwich -

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with known mental health problems -

who, days earlier, had charges

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against him relating

to knife offences dropped.

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Now, ahead of the inquest

into his death, we learn

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that the victim's wife has had

to turn to Crowdfunding

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to get the money to pay

for legal representation.

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Here's Caroline Davies.

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There were three police officers

standing in front of our door.

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And I just opened the door,

and you just know, your

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entire world collapses.

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They hadn't even said a word.

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They hadn't even said,

is this your husband?

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You just know.

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This was the last photo taken

of Nadja's husband, Jeroen Ensink.

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His little daughter, Fleur,

had been born just 11 days before.

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He left the house to post cards

announcing her birth

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when he was attacked and killed.

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She knows that other

kids have a dad.

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I mean, there are pictures

all over the house.

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And then once in awhile,

she just walks down the street

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and she goes, Mummy,

Daddy's in my heart.

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And those moments are

when your heart breaks.

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Jeroen was killed by

a man he had never met.

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Femi Nandap was suffering

from a cannabis-induced psychotic

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rage when he stabbed the academic.

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Today, he is serving

an indefinite sentence at

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Broadmoor Hospital for manslaughter.

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Nandap had a history of severe

mental health problems.

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In May 2015, he was arrested

and charged for wielding a knife

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in public and attacking

a police officer.

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He was released on bail.

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In December, the charges

against him were dropped

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because of insufficient evidence.

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Six days later, he killed Jeroen.

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Nadja hopes the inquest

into his death will give her some

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answers about what happened.

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But while the CPS and the police

will have legal representation

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representation at that inquest -

paid for by the public purse -

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she's been denied legal aid.

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And without legal representation,

I won't be able to get

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the answers we need.

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As if it's not important enough,

as if we don't count.

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We need to have the answers.

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And we need have the answers

so it won't happen again.

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The Met told us that

while there had been no misconduct,

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there had been areas of learning.

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The CPS said that the case

against the previous knife offence

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should never have been discontinued.

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The Ministry of Justice have said

that they're committed to reviewing

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the situation on legal aid

for bereaved families,

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but that review is delayed.

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In the meantime, Nadja

is crowdfunding for her lawyer.

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All this is going on, I still

believe in the goodness of people.

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Because it's out there.

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But I don't believe in the system.

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Caroline, Nadja isn't the only

person to have difficulty getting

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legal aid for an inquest?

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No, this can happen to a number of

bereaved families and the process of

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getting legal aid for inquests can

be complex and intrusive. We are

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talking that inquest is weather has

been state involvement in some way.

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The money to get legal aid is means

tested so you fill in forms about

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your income, your property. Even

down to your jewellery. It is not

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just you, it is the immediate family

of the deceased, that can be

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difficult people are a strange dog

living abroad and the forms can be

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pages and pages and you might not

get the funding even then as we

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found with Nadja. Which you need a

lawyer there? Everybody else will

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have one, the CPS, the Met police,

they will be represented legally,

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said pressure groups say this is

really important for the families to

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get the answer is that they need. As

I mentioned, the Ministry of Justice

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are reviewing this, they said this

evening they are sympathetic of

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course to the families of the

deceased and they have said they are

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planning to publish their findings

later in the year.

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We will see what happens, for now,

thank you very much.

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So, that's our top story

this Wednesday evening,

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but still to come tonight before 7:

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I will report live from a farm in

Hertfordshire, finding out about the

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numbers of sheep lost every year

because of out of control dogs.

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Around 50 alleged victims

of abuses-of-power

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by undercover police units have

walked out of a public inquiry,

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saying they no longer have

confidence in its Chairman.

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Already, the inquiry is three

years behind schedule,

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amid a major dispute

about whether officers at the centre

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of the investigation can be named.

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Already, the inquiry is three

years behind schedule,

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Dominic Casciani has been

following the inquiry.

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Dominic, remind us of

what the inquiry is about?

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It is deeply controversial and very

complicated. It is to get to the

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heart of allegations of wrongdoing

mostly against a secretive but now

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disbanded Metropolitan Police unit,

the Special Demonstration Squad.

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Over 40 years, it has infiltrated

political campaign groups and has

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been accused of being involved in

criminality, of tricking women into

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sexual relationships, and it has

been accused of also stealing the

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names of dead children so officers

could create fake identities. This

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enquiry has been delayed by a

combination of legal questions and

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the death of its original chairman,

and the new head has been trying to

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get it back and rack recently to

attempts to get through the

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anonymity orders which has led to

today's extraordinary scenes.

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Why was today so significant?

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In essence, what has happened, at

today's hearing, protesters and the

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campaigners said they had lost

confidence in the chairman. Let's

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hear from Dwayne Brooks, one of the

campaigners involved, a friend of

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Stephen Lawrence.

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We need to know who these officers

are, and we need to know

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that the actions that those officers

took, five, ten, 20,

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in some cases 30 years ago,

are not happening today.

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Right now, us core participants,

we have no confidence.

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Now, what has happened since then,

the campaigners have asked for the

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chair either to resign or to appoint

a panel to assess which officers

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should get anonymity and which names

should be released in the public

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domain. If the campaigners do lend

their support back enquiry, it is

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going to be more than a year before

any evidence is heard.

Thank you

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very much for that at the High

Court.

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

has admitted the social

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care system is under unprecedented

pressure, as BBC London

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learns that an increasing

number of care homes

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appear to be cherry-picking

the patients they take in.

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A lack of funding,

and increasing demand for places,

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means those who need the most

care are sometimes being

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overlooked and rejected.

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A graphic designer from East London

believes his mother wasn't able

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to get a place in a home

because of the amount

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of care she needed.

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It meant he had to

put his life on hold.

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Helen Mulroy reports.

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Back to work for Alex Turner.

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It's been a long time coming

for the graphic design

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after he was forced to take a career

break at just 26, when his mum,

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Sue, was diagnosed with

early-onset dementia.

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I'd get five or six phone calls

a day, members of the public

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would find her, or the police

would pick her up, or she'd be

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in different hospitals

around our area and I'd have to go

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and collect her a lot of the time.

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When she was living at home, there'd

be different carers every day.

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She wouldn't want to let them in.

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They hadn't been trained

as to how to do that.

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So, full-time jobs were impossible.

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Alex became his mum's main carer,

even living with her for a period

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of time, but her condition worsened

and she went into hospital.

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By then, it was clear that the only

option was a care home.

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For the next year, Alex

looked at over 20 homes,

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and applied for a place at more

than ten of them.

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But at each one, after assessing

Sue, who was still relatively young,

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physically fit, and mobile,

none could offer her place.

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It was really depressing

and demoralising and I felt really

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unsure about where she was going

to be going.

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It wasn't a nice time.

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Sadly, Alex and Sue's

story is far from unique.

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Our helpline increasingly gets

calls of this nature.

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We find that care homes

are picking and choosing people

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that they accept into their homes,

largely because they don't

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have the funding to be able

to provide the specialist support

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needed to help people with dementia.

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The National Living Wage

is going up soon.

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Property, and the upkeep of that

property, particularly in London,

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that can be extremely expensive.

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In contacting the Government,

we asked the Department of Health

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and Social Care what they're doing

about the lack of appropriate

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care home places.

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They told us that they've invested

an extra £2 billion in social care

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and that over the summer,

they're publishing planned reforms

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to make the social care system more

sustainable for the future.

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But for Sue and Alex,

any such reform is too late.

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I've missed a chunk of my career.

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I just couldn't get a job.

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My mum wouldn't have

been happy about that.

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It would have been incredibly

upsetting for my mum to know

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what I've gone through.

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Helen Mulroy, BBC London News.

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There's been much talk

about driverless cars on our roads,

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with one of the largest 'city'

trials taking place in Greenwich.

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Specialists have monitored how

comfortable Londoners

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are with the technology

and if they feel safe.

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This all comes just days

after a woman was killed

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by a self-driving car in America,

but are Londoners still OK in them?

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Our transport correspondent,

Tom Edwards, has been finding out.

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For 18 months, these driverless

shuttles have been running around

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the Greenwich Peninsula.

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Testing how they react to people,

other vehicles and even dogs.

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In that case, the on-board

safety pilot intervened.

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And here, they're also

trying to find out our

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reactions to the pods.

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Today, there were more passengers.

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So far, thousands

have tried them out.

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The vehicle itself feels much larger

than I thought it was going to do.

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It felt very safe.

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The vehicle itself was very

cautious, it was very aware

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of its surroundings.

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I didn't feel at any point

that we came up to an obstacle

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and it wasn't going to stop.

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All in all, it was a

really good experience.

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We have already got some form of it

so I reckon in the next under five

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years, I think there is a

Chancellor.

Seen them all around

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town. First time in it, I felt quite

safe, cautious driver, that was

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good. I have been following the

technology for a while so exciting

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to finally get in one.

Although our

pods today was misbehaving

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initially. According to those behind

the scheme, the technology has

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performed well, even in the recent

poor weather and Greenwich has been

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a test-bed for new driverless

technology. This was a shopping

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company test in Woolwich. Of those

people who use these pods in

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Greenwich, 47% had a positive

experience. 43% had concerns. Maybe

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around cyber security and road

safety. And driverless technology

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has been in the headlines after a

pedestrian died after being hit by a

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self-driving car in the US. Some

have called that a wake-up call for

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the industry. Others say the

technology should not yet be the

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roads. Here, they believe the system

is safe and there have been no

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incidents.

These pods safe? Yes,

safety is always going to be a

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priority, especially in the

development of the vehicles and the

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trials we are developing at the

moment. And we have got a lot of

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work to do to develop trust and

people need to build trust in these

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vehicles and the technology.

London

still wants to be at the forefront

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of this new technology. There is

still some way to go to convince

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everyone that this is the future of

transport. Yes, it appears the jury

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is still out!

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Farmers across the Home Counties

are urging dog owners to be more

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responsible following an increase

in the number of

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attacks on livestock.

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It's claimed that the increase

could - in part - be

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down to a ban on dogs in some parks.

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From Hertfordshire,

Sarah Harris reports.

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Yes, it is a vulnerable time for

these sheep because it is lambing

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time. Look at the latest additions,

two twin lambs, they were asleep and

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feeding, born this time yesterday.

There were many more, many more will

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be born tonight. So as you can see,

farmers in the Home Counties and the

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sheep have enough on their plate

without worrying about out control

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dogs and it is a problem for farmers

living fairly close to London.

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Three times in as many years,

Tim's sheep, kept in the countryside

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close to Watford, have been

attacked by dogs.

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The scale of such incidents is huge.

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Police were called to a nearby farm

this week where two dogs took out

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almost the entire flock.

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There was a total of 13 sheep,

being a mixture of fully grown ewes

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and newly born lambs that had been

slaughtered and there are a further

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six lambs that the farmer was able

to take back to the farm that had

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been injured, some of

them quite severely.

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Legal proceedings are ongoing

against the owner and the pictures

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are too harrowing to broadcast

but the research shows

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there are thousands of attacks

in the countryside around

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London every year.

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Recent changes to the law made it

easier for councils and other

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landlords to ban dogs altogether

from recreation grounds

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and other public spaces.

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According to the Kennel Club,

that is what is making people

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with dogs go out to the countryside

at weekends, where things

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can get out of control.

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Tim doesn't just keep sheep,

he also advises the Government

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and the police on how to deal

with the problem of

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livestock worrying.

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He says it often boils down

to the owner's naivete.

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People are walking a dog

and it's not under control,

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on a lead, and they see sheep,

the dogs see sheep,

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the run off and attack

and the owner can't recall it.

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Because the dog is going back

into primitive hunting mode.

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And this is all dogs.

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This isn't particular types of dogs.

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This is large, small, all breeds.

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And it's simply, in this case,

the owners just do not understand

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that their dog will go back

to its hunting instincts.

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Very seldom is it

the fault of the dog.

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With Easter coming up,

the police are keen to get

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the message across for owners

to keep their dogs on a lead

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in the countryside.

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If things do get out of hand,

they may face criminal charges.

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Sarah Harris, BBC London News.

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If you've just tuned in, welcome.

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This is what's still

to come on the programme.

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This is Nile Rodgers, and just want

to say that I will be coming up

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later on to talk about music in

London. Which is awesome! One,

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two... Fake out!

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A memorial has been

laid in honour of two

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soldiers from Islington,

who were awarded the Victoria Cross

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in the First World War.

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Lance Corporal John Sayer

single-handedly defended an outpost

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in Northern France -

and Lieutenant Colonel Frank Roberts

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led a counter attack

against the enemy.

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Charlotte Franks

was at the ceremony.

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It was where some of the bloodiest

battles were fought

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during the First World War.

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Millions died on the Western front,

amid the lines of mud trenches

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and fortifications dug to prevent

the enemy from advancing.

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Lieutenant Colonel Frank Roberts

lived in Highbury.

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But, in 1914, 26 years old, he left

to fight on the front in France.

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On one occasion, the enemy

attacked a nearby village,

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but Lieutenant Roberts led

a counterattack, driving them

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away temporarily so that

troops could withdraw.

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The fight was basically

around the church.

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But you've only got to look

at the commendation,

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the number of people killed.

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The number of people he took

prisoner.

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For his courage, he received

a Victoria Cross.

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John Sayer, also from Islington,

single-handedly seized and defended

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a strategic post close

to the Hindenberg line

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in northern France in 1918.

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For this deed, he too

was awarded the VC.

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LAST POST

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Today, both

soldiers were remembered

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by their families as memorials

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were unveiled in Islington to mark

the sacrifice they made fighting

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on the Western front.

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The countryside was churned up

by heavy shelling from both sides.

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It was covered in barbed wire.

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The weather made the ground

impossible, in many places.

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But in spite of of those conditions,

John Sayer would never

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forget his family, writing

to his children on each

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of their birthdays.

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Dear Eric, I am writing this hoping

you will get it on your birthday,

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to wish you many happy returns...

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The letter is very quiet

and personal, and it makes no

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mention, really, of war.

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And what he must have been

going through at that time.

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It is hoped that by laying these

stones, the memory of both soldiers'

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achievements will be kept alive,

as well as educating future

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generations about the Great War.

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Charlotte Franks, BBC London News.

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Two very brave soldiers.

0:19:570:19:59

More than 10% of children

are believed to spend over

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six hours a day online.

0:20:020:20:04

So a project in south

London is using netball

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to educate young people on staying

safe when they use social media,

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as well as encouraging

them to be more active.

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And today Netball 4 Change

received official backing

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from Sport Relief and the Mayor.

0:20:140:20:17

Chris Slegg can tell us more.

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Netball at the Harris Academy

School in Peckham today.

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But netball with a difference.

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Each training drill here

is designed to teach youngsters

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about using social media safely.

0:20:290:20:32

It seems the message

is getting through.

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In a netball match, if you try

to tackle, you've got to be

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careful of who you pass to.

0:20:500:20:52

It's the same thing,

you have to be careful

0:20:520:20:53

of what you post as well.

0:20:530:20:55

11-year-old Mariah estimates

she spends 30 hours a week online.

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Is it good to just put

the phone down and

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play a bit of sport?

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Yeah, it really is.

0:21:010:21:02

The screen is really

bad for your eyes.

0:21:020:21:04

You being sporty and getting

out here, meeting new

0:21:040:21:06

friends, it is a lot better.

0:21:060:21:07

Today, the Mayor

announced a total of £8.8

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million of funding will be made

available to projects like this one

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over the next three years.

0:21:120:21:13

We have learned that

actually you can't

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always teach young people

things in the classroom.

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Sometimes you have to take them

outside the classroom.

0:21:170:21:22

Sport is a phenomenal way to learn

all sorts of life skills.

0:21:220:21:25

Obesity levels have

been going up for a

0:21:250:21:27

while, activity levels

have been coming down.

0:21:270:21:29

Have you been too

slow to act on this?

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Well, I'm really concerned

about a number of things

0:21:310:21:33

in relation to the health

and well-being of Londoners.

0:21:330:21:35

Too many people live

in their own communities

0:21:350:21:37

and don't mix and mingle.

0:21:370:21:38

Sport is a fantastic way

of reducing isolation,

0:21:380:21:41

as a way of making mates, as a way

of people from different backgrounds

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getting to know each other.

0:21:440:21:45

£3.3 million comes

from a partnership

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with Sport Relief, Comic Relief's

biannual fundraising campaign.

0:21:480:21:51

The confidence these young people

0:21:550:21:57

are getting from playing netball,

and the lessons around social media

0:21:570:21:59

they are learning, have

been really important.

0:21:590:22:00

We are looking forward to funding

more projects like this

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across London over

the next three years.

0:22:030:22:04

Netball 4 Change, affecting

a positive change in Peckham.

0:22:040:22:06

The Multi-Grammy Award winning

artist and producer Nile Rodgers

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is putting on a music masterclass

for a group of young Londoners.

0:22:160:22:23

They've all survived cancer -

like Rodgers himself - and tonight

0:22:230:22:25

in just over an hour's time,

they'll be performing

0:22:250:22:27

at the Teenage Cancer Trust concert

at the Royal Albert Hall.

0:22:270:22:30

Here's Emma North.

0:22:300:22:35

Some of these people have never

picked up an instrument before in

0:22:350:22:37

their lives. But with just an hour's

tuition they were reworking one of

0:22:370:22:41

that one Chic's greatest hits. And

Nile Rodgers was impressed.

Have you

0:22:410:22:53

really not played guitar before? Who

was playing guitar? Really!? OK, I

0:22:530:22:57

give up. I have been doing this for

40 years. Give me a break.

All of

0:22:570:23:03

these young people have, or have

heart, cancer. Today, they were just

0:23:030:23:08

people coming together to enjoy

themselves and learn.

My mum is

0:23:080:23:12

obsessed with Nile Rodgers, of

course. She is so proud. Keep going,

0:23:120:23:20

if people want to talk about it,

definitely, but I am all for the

0:23:200:23:23

future.

Who did the lyrics?

Nile

Rodgers has had cancer as well,

0:23:230:23:30

twice. He is somebody that

understands just how powerful music

0:23:300:23:33

can be.

It was actually a huge

distraction from the fear that comes

0:23:330:23:39

along with cancer. Inevitably, we

are all going to go through that

0:23:390:23:44

terrifying period. But a group

called Daft Punk came into my life.

0:23:440:23:51

I did the record, Get Lucky. I sort

of made this promise to myself that

0:23:510:23:56

I was going to make more songs than

I have ever written in my life. I

0:23:560:24:01

was going to do more lives shows, do

more collaborations. I kept going

0:24:010:24:09

and going.

That creativity is still

going at full throttle. As well as

0:24:090:24:14

bringing his and Chic's joyful disco

funk to the Albert Hall, he is in

0:24:140:24:19

London and working. What are you

doing at Abbey Road?

I am waking

0:24:190:24:23

every single day that I have been

here. I have been writing with

0:24:230:24:29

phenomenal writers and artists.

Because of the wonderful people that

0:24:290:24:33

I am surrounded with. I mean, I just

finished a session an hour ago. It

0:24:330:24:45

has been like that every day,

nonstop.

Thank you very much.

0:24:450:24:53

Good luck to everybody.

0:24:530:24:56

Now let's check on the Weather

with Tomasz Schafernaker.

0:24:560:25:00

It has been pretty good today?

Beautiful, blue skies. This is from

0:25:000:25:04

one of the weather watchers. This is

from Hornchurch.

0:25:040:25:08

The next few days, a little

changeable. At the moment, we have

0:25:110:25:16

clear skies earlier on today, but

clouds are streaming in. Over the

0:25:160:25:20

next few days there will probably be

a bit of rain around, but not an

0:25:200:25:23

awful lot. Not much happening on the

weather front tonight. Cloud and a

0:25:230:25:26

fuse spots of rain to the east of

London. One thing you will notice

0:25:260:25:31

tomorrow morning is just how mild

that is going to be. 5 degrees. That

0:25:310:25:35

is not particularly warm, but we

have had frosts for so long and this

0:25:350:25:39

is the first day, the first morning,

it will be frost free. Very nice out

0:25:390:25:43

there. Cloudy for a time in the

morning. The cloud will not be very

0:25:430:25:46

thick during the course of the day,

Laois and sun shine through.

0:25:460:25:50

Tomorrow, we can summarise this as

very pleasant spring, a bright day,

0:25:500:25:55

temperatures might get up to 30

Celsius in one two spots. Here is

0:25:550:26:00

some rain first thing on Friday

morning. A light shade of blue. In

0:26:000:26:04

the afternoon, the sun should come

out. It will feel a little bit

0:26:040:26:08

fresher on Friday. Temperatures will

not be much different. More of a

0:26:080:26:12

breeze out there. A bright and

breezy enter the working week. As we

0:26:120:26:17

head to the rest of Friday and into

Saturday, there will be weather

0:26:170:26:20

systems circling the UK, but never

really quite going across us, at

0:26:200:26:26

least in the south. The weekend is

actually not looking too bad for

0:26:260:26:30

most of us. Looking at the weather

outlook as we head into the weekend

0:26:300:26:34

into next week, I will mention one

thing, in the run-up to Easter there

0:26:340:26:38

is an indication that things could

turn really cold once again. Still,

0:26:380:26:43

just a possibility. Something worth

highlighting.

Thanks for a great

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weather forecast and great tie.

0:26:470:26:54

Before we go this Wednesday

evening - a quick reminder

0:26:550:26:58

of the main news headlines.

0:26:580:26:59

More than a million NHS

staff, including nurses,

0:26:590:27:01

porters and paramedics,

have been offered a pay rise,

0:27:010:27:03

worth at least 6.5%

over the three years.

0:27:030:27:05

Some of the lowest paid workers,

will get an increase of nearly 30%.

0:27:050:27:08

An academic who created an app

which harvested data from 50 million

0:27:080:27:11

users claims he's been made

"a scapegoat" for both

0:27:110:27:13

Facebook and the consultancy

Cambridge Analytica.

0:27:130:27:15

A senior Metropolitan Police Officer

says the large rise

0:27:150:27:17

in knife crime isn't causing

the outrage it should.

0:27:170:27:22

He fears it's because many victims

are from the black community.

0:27:220:27:26

Eight people have been

fatally stabbed or shot

0:27:260:27:27

in the London in the last week.

0:27:270:27:34

That's BBC London news for now.

0:27:340:27:36

I'll be back at 10.30 on BBC One

with our next news -

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